1pm: Workshop: 'Looping Landscapes'

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square

Spoken word performance and looping pedal workshop

Add new dimension to your spoken word poetry and written works. Combine your poetry with sounds, songs, and performance tools to create works that rise up from sonic landscapes. Moe Clark will take you on a journey through her process of transforming a simple page poem into a full-spectrum spoken word performance poem with layers, loops, and creative vocal dimensions. Everyone is invited to bring a poem they would like to share (don't worry, all levels are welcome) and we will explore in a small group with open minds and playful tactics.

Moe Clark
Métis artist Moe Clark fuses narrative, circle singing, spoken word and a looping pedal to add multi-layered vocals to her performances.

3pm: Dusty Owl Presents

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square
Nina Berkhout
Nina Berkhout’s 6th book, entitled The Gallery of Lost Species, is forthcoming with House of Anansi this fall.
Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a spoken word artist with a passion for activism who has spoken at Pecha Kucha and TEDx.
Elizabeth Bachinsky
Elizabeth Bachinsky, instructor of creative writing and editor of Event magazine has five collections.
Rona Shaffran
I heard echoes of Sexton talking to Roethke; but the voice here is Shaffran's own, speaking the naked truth in the woman's voice, and then in the man's.

5pm: Artistic Showcase

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square
Kaie Kellough
Kaie Kellough of Montreal is a word-sound systemizer who speaks advanced gibberish and syncopates consonants.
Brandon Wint
Brandon Wint, veteran of over 100 performances, is happy to be a part of what makes Versefest a beautiful and memorable experience.
Moe Clark
Métis artist Moe Clark fuses narrative, circle singing, spoken word and a looping pedal to add multi-layered vocals to her performances.

7pm: Hall of Honour

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St
Danielle K.L. Grégoire
Danielle K.L. Grégoire started Ottawa Youth Slam, LiPS Slam, lead Capital Slam & has since started the Comedy Womb, an open mic comedy showcase.
Amanda Earl
Amanda Earl is a mischief-maker, a bon vivant a homebody as well as the fallen angel of AngelHousePress and DevilHouse.

8:30pm: Writers Festival Presents

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St
Katherena Vermette
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. The Manitoba writer’s North End Love Songs won a GG for Poetry.
Michael Burkard
A frequent collaborator with photographers and artists, Michael Burkard's most recent book is Unsleeping, from Sarabande Press.
Michel Pleau
Parliamentary Poet Laureate Michel Pleau has a passion and eloquence that has inspired a generation of writers as he has taught creative writing to many.
Mary Ruefle
Dark, funny and surprising, poet and essayist Mary Ruefle's work appears in many recent anthologies.